Born 1981 in Toulouse, Bertrand Chamayou studied with pianist Jean-François Heisser at Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique. He completed his training with Maria Curcio in London and was given precious advice by Leon Fleisher, Dimitri Bashkirov and Murray Perahia.
At 20, he was a prize-winner at the international Long-Thibaud competition. In February 2011, he won a Victoire de la Musique as “Soloist of the Year”. His recording of Liszt’s complete Years of Pilgrimage the same year received raving reviews worldwide and got several prizes including Gramophone ‘s Choice.
Bertrand Chamayou has been performing in many venues in Europe and in the United States, such as Théâtre des Champs Elysées and Salle Pleyel in Paris, New York’s Lincoln Center, Munich’s Herkulessaal, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Brussels’ Palais des Beaux-Arts, London’s Wigmore Hall, Barcelona’s Auditori, Moscow’s Tchïkovski Conservatory, etc. He is invited in many festivals such as La Roque d’Anthéron, New York’s Mostly Mozart, Lucerne, Rheingau, Rotterdam Gergiev Festival, or Klavier-Festival Ruhr.
He has been playing with many orchestras through the world, under the baton of prestigious conductors.
Bertrand has been a regular chamber music player with partners such as Sol Gabetta, Renaud and Gautier Capuçon, Quatuor Ebène, Antoine Tamestit, Baiba Skride or Nicolas Baldeyrou.
He has already recorded several major albums dedicated among others to Liszt (Years of Pilgrimage, Twelve Transcendental Etudes), Franck and Mendelssohn.
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